04.12.2017
PTO CORNER  

OPEN POSITIONS: PIERCE PTO! 
Pierce School needs your support! The PTO leadership team has wonderful opportunities for parents and grandparents to be involved in the 2017-2018 school year. Being part of the PTO is a rewarding way to connect with and enrich our school community. Open positions include:

PTO co-chair (1 position) 
As a PTO executive, you will be part of a trio of leaders. Along with numerous volunteers, we raise money annually to use for the arts, sports and academic enrichment at Pierce, including helping fund teachers' projects. We also create and run many social activities to continue to build the Pierce community. All of our annual activities are continually changing and open to suggestions by teachers, families and school leaders. As PTO co-chair you help make good things happen and drive results. There are also communication responsibilities, helping families, community, teachers, etc. get the information to the groups who need to know. Prepare to be creative, be busy, and have fun. We are all volunteers and keep this in mind to keep it reasonable!  
 
Pierce picnic leaders (fall and spring)
Plan and execute (with team of volunteers and PTO leadership) the fall and spring school-wide picnics. This entails finding date, space, music, food and activities and advertising. Co-chairs helping all the way! It's fun!
 
Pierce Communications Chair (1 position available)
The PTO seeks a volunteer to work closely with the PTO to develop and execute a strategy for open, consistent and accurate communication between the school and the Pierce community, which includes publishing The Bridge (the Pierce weekly newsletter) and Principal's Corner.  For additional information, contact  piercebridge@gmail.com.
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SHOP AMAZON AND BENEFIT PIERCE SCHOOL
Want to find a way to make your shopping contribute to the school? When you shop at Amazon through the school website, the Pierce PTO receives a percentage of your purchases at no extra cost to you. Each time you shop at Amazon, remember to go to the Pierce homepage first, and click on the icon below: 

 
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SCHOOL CORNER   
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*NEW* PENGUIN POST
Have you heard the news? The Penguin Post is looking for journalists to work on the Spring 2017 issue! We'll be meeting on Fridays starting 4/28  from  1:45-2:45 pm in the computer lab. Any interested 5th and 6th graders are welcome to come to the first meeting on 4/28 ! Parents, if you'd like to hear more about the Penguin Post and receive guidelines and updates, please email your contact information to Jen Barnes ( jenhbarnes@gmail.com ) or Jennie Greene ( jrobingreene@hotmail.com ). 
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*NEW* PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS: SAVE THE DATE
Tues., 5/16 7-8:30pm @ Pierce Auditorium
Based on interest from a survey of parents of Pierce middle schoolers, B-PEN's Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy, LICSW and BHS Peer Leaders will be coming to Pierce to discuss common parent concerns about transitions to the high school and 8th grade. June Harris will tell us more about forming Parent Network groups. Parent Networks can help parents understand some of the tricky social and emotional issues of adolescent development, as well as establish community standards that can provide some structure for kids around common concerns, such as curfews, after-school "roaming," unsupervised houses, house parties, drug/alcohol experimentation, and general limit-setting. Since "it takes a village to raise a child," some of our best sources of support, insight and guidance on understanding and navigating the common issues our children face can be each other. As parents, we're all in this together. Come with specific issues you are currently facing, questions you'd like answered, or just to listen and learn. Based on interest, additional meetings may be scheduled in the future. If you have any questions, please contact 7th grade parent, Debbie Raisner Thompson (draisner@yahoo.com) or 8th grade parent, Jennifer Hunt (jhunthello@gmail.com).
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GET TO KNOW YOUR SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES

Thurs., 4/13 8:30-9:30am @ School Committee Room, 5th floor, Town Hall
Hosted by Brookline SEPAC. This is an opportunity for SEPAC members to have a question and answer session with School Committee Candidates Daniel Debowy, Suzanne Federspiel, Michael Glover, Paul Harris and Julie Schreiner-Oldham.
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PLEASE DONATE YOUR ITEMS AND SERVICES TO THE PIERCE AUCTION
The Pierce spring party and auction will be on the night of Sat., 5/13. Pierce families help to make this a success by donating to the auction. We invite you to donate and to be creative. In the past families have donated: sports and concert tickets; interior design services; coaching and lessons; art work; vacation home time; restaurant gift certificates and much more. Please contact Cher Duffield ( Cher.duffield@gmail.com) with your donation ideas or questions. 
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ORDER YOUR 2016-2017 PIERCE SCHOOL YEARBOOK!  
The process of ordering a school yearbook for your child is quick and easy with online ordering!  Simply follow these steps:
1.  Go to www.coffeepond.com 
2. Click on the "Place an Order" button
3. Select "Yearbooks"
4. Type in this password: yearbook2017
5. Complete the online order form to purchase yearbook for $25 with a credit card
6. Orders must be placed by: 4/21/2017
 
If you have any questions, please email Emily Follett at: emily_follett@psbma.org 
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PIERCE SPRING BOOK FAIR
Believe it or not, the Pierce spring book fair is around the corner. Drop off books outside the Pierce main office. Thanks for all your book fair donations thus far. Please do keep them coming. If you have donations (or have neighbors who have donations) but are unable to bring them in to school for some reason, please email dhar11235@gmail.com to arrange a pick up.
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SPECIALISTS' CORNER 
For more information on what our students are learning in Spanish, please click here.

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COMMUNITY CORNER 
For a list of community events, please click here.
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CLASSIFIEDS
Want to see your ad here? Send an email to  piercebridge@gmail.com.
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LIN LEARNING CENTER
For those children (4th to 8th grades) who love to eat and make many different types of food, In Home Cooking Fun will be a perfect class this Summer.  In Home Cooking Fun is a week long class starting  June 26th to July 28th The class consists of:
1. Snack, lunch and dessert making daily
2. Outdoor activities and games 
3. Recipe Challenge
Please contact InHomeCookingFun@gmail.com  or 617-383-9848.

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